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Thought for the Day by Alex Forrest (Voluntary Staff Worker)
[a]A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.
[b] Of David.
1 I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
You might have spent the last 9 weeks (I know!) constantly crying out to God in prayer. You could have been on your knees, in tears, praying to God for this lockdown to come to an end, for the virus to be stopped in its tracks. Sometimes it might have felt like your prayers were simply bouncing off the walls and the ceiling around you, as this crisis doesn’t show any signs of disappearing quickly.
Psalm 30 is a beautiful timely reminder that God listens to our calls and lifts us out of times of suffering. “Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning”. As some lockdown restrictions begin to drop, we may be starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think we have to be realistic and see that the restrictions won’t be fully lifted for a while. This will be a long night.
But joy WILL come in the morning! The LORD will lift us up from out of the depths, from out of the realm of the dead. God’s love for us has not changed, God’s favour is still on us and will be on us for the rest of our lives. Do not be shaken, praise God in your security and in the certain hope that we have, that God will turn our wailing into dancing.
Fix your eyes on the joy that is to come in the morning, the day that will come, where restrictions are fully lifted, God’s people will be able to meet as the body of Christ again, and we can joyfully praise God together as one family.
Praying for Aldrington School
We prayed for Aldrington School at the prayer meeting last Wednesday. Head teacher Verity Coates has sent us these requests for our ongoing prayers:
It has been a challenging week for school staff in general and heads in particular. We are so grateful for your prayers. Our current requests are really all about making wise decisions for the next phase for everyone, not only children and their families but staff and their families and stamina to manage the immense job of planning and implementing taking into account all the many factors and guidelines. We are very proud of the way we are managing to provide for and support our community at home at the moment and parents have expressed their gratitude for this but it is very hard for anyone with children to juggle this and everyone has their own challenges in this situation. The staff are amazing, please pray for them to manage down time and family time too.
Message from Nigel Sarjudeen
As mentioned in Sunday evening sermon by Don, and shown as a still at the end of the video, the excellent version of Pilgrim's Progress was mentioned and it is still possible to watch it for free at:
BH Youth Live Reminder
Stephen and Lizzi Demetriou will be hosting BH Youth LIVE on the Lockdown PraiseUp Youtube page from 7:15-8:15pm again tonight. They’ll be teaching from the Bible, playing crazy games, and getting the youth involved in mad fun challenges. If you’re 11-18, come join in the fun! Message Stephen to get involved
Mental Health Awareness 2020
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